I'm honored to be with you today for yourcommencement from one of the finest universities inthe world. Truth be told, I never graduated fromcollege, and this is the closest I've ever gotten to acollege graduation. Today, I want to tell you threestories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just threestories.
The first story is about connecting the dots.
I dropped out of Reed College after the first six months, but then stayed around as a drop-in foranother 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?
It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student,and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted bycollege graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife.Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So myparents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking, "We've got anunexpected baby boy; do you want him?" They said, "Of course." My biological mother found outlater that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduatedfrom high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few monthslater when my parents promised that I would go to college. This was the start in my life.